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Welcome travel and tourism applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

Guided campus tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a travel student at West Notts College.

What our students say

Amy talks to us about her experience on the course, including our very own plane classroom and what skills she has picked up along the way. Detailing some exciting trips, Amy expresses how this broadened her knowledge of the area and how our teachers work to help in any way possible.

Meet the teachers

Get to know to know a bit more about your teachers before you join us.

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    Kit list

    Find out what equipment and resources you'll need before you join as a West Notts student.

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FAQs - travel and tourism courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our travel and tourism courses are based at our Derby Road site, Mansfield. Travel and tourism have dedicated classrooms for teaching and role-play areas to simulate what it is like to work in the industry, including a mock aircraft cabin and travel agency. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The college is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. We expect our students to behave in the way that they would in a job with an employer. Professional standards, such as attendance and punctuality, are very important. You also need to enjoy working with people, as the course will work on developing your interpersonal skills to be able to offer excellent customer service. All staff members have a great deal of experience and contacts within the industry, which will help enhance your experience.

  • What will I study?

    On-campus study is mainly classroom-based, complemented by some new practical work suites where you turn classroom learning into practice. This includes a mock airplane cabin. All courses combine a mix of theory and practical learning, with each unit including a practical project-based assessment which allows you to display the skills you would use in industry to help prepare you for future employment. The higher the level of programme, the more theory-based work you will be expected to do.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    Students in travel and tourism will be expected to wear uniform in much the same way that you would in industry. This comprises a white shirt/blouse or plain polo shirt, black skirt or trousers and black shoes suitable to a professional environment. You will also purchase a coloured neck scarf or tie when you start college. As you are training to work in a customer-facing role, high levels of personal presentation will be required.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 you will be expected to spend some time on a formal work placement with an employer that focuses on developing customer service skills. This is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, impress an employer and potentially move into a job or apprenticeship as a result. The central work placement team will help you source a work placement opportunity.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students are involved with the Mansfield Heritage Project, offering guided tours of the local area, and a holiday enquiry service that helps staff members at college find their ideal holiday.

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  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

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    Watch - Students visit The Gambia

    Travel and tourism Level 3 student Jessica Darwood-Brown has put together a wonderful video of her visit to The Gambia earlier this year with classmates.

    “It was so special and such a great opportunity, and I’m really glad I got to spend it with the people who I went with, everyone we met was so nice and friendly.”

    View the video on YouTube

    In the news

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    Travel students focus on getting back to business

    Despite not being allowed to leave their home work stations, diploma students took some interesting journeys into the world of travel and tourism. This was thanks to engaging conversations and industry tips from guests all enjoying studies and careers in the sector.

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    Students get top flight careers advice from one of country’s top airlines

    Discovering how babies are delivered on board a plane and dealing with conflict and emergency evacuations on a flight were just some of the topics discussed with travel and tourism students at West Nottinghamshire College.

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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